Billy Ray Cyrus, who has made some serious mistakes in his life (see: The Mullet), admits to GQ that he also stumbled a bit in the way he raised Miss Miley. In fact, he’s become frightened for her. [CUE “ACHY BREAKY HEART” HERE]
“I’m scared for [Miley],” says Billy Ray, who expressed feelings of helplessness as his little girl — who became a Disney star in her tweens — became the center of one controversy after another.
“She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she’s 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I’d like to try to help,” he says. “At least get her out of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute.” (Coincidentally, these would also make fantastic lyrics for an emotional ode to his daughter: “Ya Done Growed Up Too Fast.”)
Billy Ray, who believes he’s taken the blame for Miley’s scandals too many times (see: her topless Vanity Fair cover to her pole dancing routine at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards), does admit he regrets acting more like a “friend” to his daughter than a parent. Um, ya think? Thus why he refused to attend her 18th birthday party — which was held at a bar, just a few weeks after Miley’s salvia-bong scandal. “It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up… I said, ‘This whole thing’s falling apart up there and they just want to blame all of this stuff on you again.’ I’m staying out of it.”
And the show that made his daughter a superstar has become a dirty word for Billy Ray, he said. Hannah Montana, he tells GQ, “destroyed my family…the damn show destroyed my family…It’s all sad.”
Does he wish Miley had never been cast in the show? “I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just everybody be okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
Blasphemy! How could he possibly want to erase the show that blessed his character with provocative dialogue such as: “You know, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But in this case, you’re just wronger than a monkey riding a lawnmower!”
Powerful stuff, man. Powerful stuff.